Creating Change

The Neighborhood Fiber Company shows the power of community-driven corporate philanthropy Neighborhood Fiber Company CEO Karida Collins was raised in a Southern family that prioritized social justice and giving back. […]

Liberty Alumni Lead Fundraising Effort

Two years ago, Shelley Goldseker was reading a BCF Intersection newsletter like this one when she saw that her beloved alma mater, Liberty Elementary School (previously known simply as School […]

Small Grants Big Results

The Black Women & Girls Fund meets a critical need: operating support for under-resourced, overachieving organizations BCF donors offer value well beyond their financial resources, bringing diverse perspectives and expertise […]

Trailblazer Leaves a Lasting Legacy

Dorothy Krug paved the way for women in corporate America and beyond Aself-made woman. That’s how Clark Carter describes his second cousin, Dorothy Krug, who was hired as a secretary […]

Communities Take the Lead

As the COVID-19 crisis took hold a year ago, large institutions struggled to address issues ranging from food insecurity to remote learning loss to insufficient broadband. Many turned to community-based organizations for their on-the-ground expertise. Though relatively small, these grassroots organizations are largely comprised of staff who were born and raised in the communities they serve. As the pandemic unfolded, deep relationships allowed community-based organizations to identify children and families most at risk. A foundation of trust ensured that resources were accepted without hesitation. Further, these organizations had long operated with limited financial support, but a driving commitment to meeting needs. “Necessity is the mother of invention,” as the old proverb goes and their creativity has led to innovative solutions with immediate impact and the potential to be game changers long-term. Well beyond COVID-19, with sufficient support, the work of community-based organizations could be replicated and scaled to build a stronger, more equitable Baltimore—and beyond. Thankfully, BCF’s strategic plan includes a strong emphasis on community engagement, giving us a front row seat to the powerful work underway. Here, we profile just a few of the ingenious individuals and organizations that are leading the charge.

The Power of Place-Based Investments

With support from BCF for a host of organizations and projects, new investment is underway in Howard Park and Forest Park! Hover over the image to pause the slideshow. The […]

COVID-19 Response Grants and the Long Road Ahead

BCF operates at the intersection of grassroots organizations, civic leaders and concerned donors. As such, we have a vital role to play during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our response began in mid-March when we made emergency grants to 18 frontline organizations for distribution of food, diapers, formula and other essential products in vulnerable communities.